Lan and Jerome Traditional Vietnamese Wedding Photography ¦ Destination Wedding Photography
As an International Wedding Photographer, Lan and Jerome Vietnamese Wedding was very emotional for me, Lan is my lovely sister in Love and Jerome is a great friend, so taking pictures at their wedding was something special and unique. After taking theirs studio pre wedding photo shoot one week before, I took pictures at theirs wedding.
Vietnamese weddings are very charming an full of traditions, they consist of many different ceremonies running in different days.
Few days before the wedding the groom’s family visit the bride’s family, offering gifts to them and to officially ask permission to receive the bride. This is a very colourful part of the ceremony as the families wear traditional Vietnamese dresses.
Few days later, on the morning of the day of the wedding, the groom’s family return to the bride’s home, giving them gift boxes covered by red clots , inside them there usually are fruits, cakes, food, fabrics and liquor. When the groom present the gifts to the bride’s family he have granted permission to finally meet the bride.
During the ceremony is always given respect to the ancestor altar, where the bride and the groom burn incense sticks, asking for blessing and permission to the ancestors.
A formal tea ceremony follow where the bride and the groom will serve tea to theirs parents and relatives, after that the groom’s mother will put jewellery piece on the bride for good fortune.
The procession move to the groom’s house then, where the bride and the groom will pray at the ancestors altar and they will meet the groom’s relatives.
After the ceremony at the groom’s house, all the bride’s and groom’s family and friends are invited to a larger reception, usually at an hotel. Lan and Jerome had theirs fantastic wedding reception at Melia Hotel Hanoi, one of the most exclusive hotel in Vietnam. The dinner meal was simply fantastic, Lan and Jerome had many magic moments on the stage while singing, exchanging the wedding rings and cutting the cake, moments that I will never forget and you can admire in the picture in the photo gallery below.